Anyway, pictures for you. n_n
Exciting news! We're going to the temple on Saturday! (woooooo!) so we're taking a half p-day today (such a lame rule) and going super early. We're excited for this week, we're running to see if we can work oodles hard this week to show that we know what we're doing. I'm hoping that doesn't backfire on us, but we've been meaning to catch up on some work this week and I think this may just have been Heavenly Father's way of motivating us to get going again after a sluggish two weeks of holiday. So our bad. XD
I went on exchanges to Rocklin this week, so that's how you heard from Sister Pulsipher :D She's really the kindest lady, isn't she? :)
The box from the mission home was just from the mission home.. the senior couples decided some of us needed extra love. So I got lots of candy. (Oh boy! Haha.)
As far as the letter or the box getting to you first, I wasn't able to get to the post office last week so it'll be sent out today. There's two, and I sent some munchies in them so feel free to help yourself. Also pictures... among other things.
The spirit works in marvelous ways though, I tell you what! This week on one of the days, our dinner appointment cancelled because of some family business. We weren't sure what to plan instead (a lot of members tell us just to come by if things fall through, but we were just trying to make sure nobody felt like we were taking advantage of them), but twenty minutes later a member called and asked us if we would join them for a lunch or dinner on that very day that had just fallen through. We were excited (this was the same family that had us over for Thanksgiving, so we like them a lot n_n), so we planned to go with them! yay! There are NO coincidences in any of this work though, so we showed up and one of the son's best friends from basically his whole life was there with his fiance. We had dinner and started to clean up, and my companion felt pressed to ask the best-friend if he had any questions about a program he'd watched recently. He said he did, and started asking about Joseph Smith and different things, so Sister Ripplinger (and the other 3 RMs in the room) started answering his questions and outlining the first lesson about the restoration. (I was in the kitchen cleaning, I didn't realize it had happened until I came back and everyone was being all reverent.) After everything was discussed and they were satisfied, they left to go home and we talked about the experience. We determined that us missionaries and them being together that night was absolutely critical, and even though we think it'll take a while for the lesson to sink into their hearts that they fell like they actually need it, they will definitely come to the knowledge on their own in time. It was such a cool experience, knowing that we were there to launch them on the path of finding out on their own. We won't see them start to finish, or probably teach them a lesson again while either of us are here. But the fact that we responded when the spirit was present and directed us to that situation was perfect and absolutely of the spirit. Wahoo!
I love you! Stay great, and thank you for your kind words of encouragement! Also your prayers, definitely. They are working mighty things in Loomis and I'm grateful for them!